Public Meeting Talk Titles - Listed by Subject.

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  • Blueblades

    I have over 116 public talk outlines provided by the Society. The list of talk titles for outlines provided by the Society is arranged by subject to help the elders more easily identify the public talk outlines that fall into a particular category.It is designed to be used with the S - 99 form.This is for congregation use only.

    Here are the Public Meeting Talk Titles Listed by Subject.

    Bible / God 10 different talks on this subject.

    Christian Standards / Qualities 14 different talks on this subject

    Evangelizing / Ministry 5 on this one.

    Faith / Spirituality 13 on this one

    Family / Youth 10 on this one

    Kingdom / Paradise 21 on this one

    Last Days / God's Judgment 13 on this one

    Religion / Worship 17 on this one

    Trials / Problems 6 on this one

    World / No Part Of 15 on this one

    Most of these subject talks were not directed at the public, they were directed at the rank and file.

    For example:Each talk starts with a note to the speaker in a box format at the top of the outline.The first talk on my list is under the subject of " Faith and Spirituality", there are 13 different talks under this one subject. The very first talk listed in the public meeting titles is "How Well Do You Know God", and it is the first one listed under this subject of Faith and Spirituality. Here is what the note to speaker says to the elder given this outline.

    "Help audience see that recognizing Jehovah involves much more than knowing facts about him. It means being intimately acquainted with his purposes, deeds, qualities, and feelings. It means acting in harmony with that knowledge and assisting others to do so. Instill burning desire to know Jehovah intimately".

    Then the elder proceeds to break this talk down into five sub - sections.

    1.We have prospect of eternal life from knowing God. ( 4 mins. )

    2.What knowing a person involves. ( 12 mins. )

    3.How and why humans can truly know God.. ( 8 mins. )

    4.Examine yourself to see how well you know God. ( 14 mins )

    5.Help others to join you in knowing God well. ( 7 mins. )

    I thought that this information would help explain to many who do not know how the public talk process is put into motion.Who actually writes all these public talks, well, their nameless, its the Society.

    Over the years I have given many of these talks as an out - going speaker. As I peruse through my book of public talks I have mixed feelings as to what good was I doing back then knowing what I know now.


  • Gadget
    As I peruse through my book of public talks I have mixed feelings as to what good was I doing back then knowing what I know now.

    But you're now making up for that with post such as this, showing how much central direction the society has over every aspect of dub life.

  • Quotes

    BB, I recently added a "Talks" section to the Naiviagion Menu at the Quotes Web site, but it only has three entries (3 public talks from 3 different assemblies).

    Any way you can "share the wealth"? Wouldn't it be a nice "service" for us to have all of these talks conveniently posted on the Quotes site, complete with scans and searchable text? OK, 116 would keep me busy for the next 2 years, but maybe a selection of a few humdingers would be in order?

    Just a thought. Msg me if you want to go ahead with this.

    ~Quotes, of the "showing the havoc that just a couple of locusts can wreak" class

  • Blueblades

    Quotes,I will be very interested in having all these talks posted on your site. Just help me get them to you.


  • Uzzah


    I have been meaning to scan all the outlines but work has kept me too busy.

    I'd be more than happy to provide you with a complete set of Public Talk outlines (including funeral discourse).

    You'll just have to buy me a beer. Deal?


  • Scully

    Darn.... I used to have a scan of the Memorial talk outline somewhere.

    It was pretty hilarious to run it through those "shizzolater" type websites.

  • ozziepost


    As I peruse through my book of public talks I have mixed feelings as to what good was I doing back then knowing what I know now.

    Humans were made with, not just a sense of history, but also an awareness of the future.

    My advice is: look ahead! It doesn't do any good to flagellate yourself over your past actions, sincerely made at the time. It's what you do now that's important.

    Well, that's my take on it anyway.

    Cheers, Ozzie

  • SadElder

    Here are the titles to the latest of the 'series'. Somehow I've misplace my list of the first 124 titles. It's in my computer somewhere just not where I thought I put it.

    125Why Mankind Needs a Ransom
    126Who Can Be Saved?
    127What Happens When We Die?
    128Is Hell Really A Place of Fiery Torment?
    129Is The Trinity A Scriptural Teaching?
    130The Earth Will Remain Forever
    131Is There Really A Devil?
    132The Resurrection - Victory Over Death
    133The Origin of Humans - Does It Matter What You Believe?
    134Should Christians Keep The Sabbath?
    135The Sacredness Of Life And Blood
    136Does God Approve Of The Use Of Images In Worship?
    137Did TheMiracles Of The Bible Really Happen?
    138Live With Soundness Of Mind In A Depraved World
    139Godly Wisdom mA Scientific World
    140Jesus Christ - Earth?s New Ruler
    141Human Creation?s Groaning - When Will It End?
    142Why Take Refuge In Jehovah
    143Trust in The God Of All Comfort
    144A Loyal Congregation Under Christ?s Leadership
    145Who Is Like Jehovah Our God?
    146Use Education To Praise Jehovah
    147Trust In Jehovah?s Saving Power
    148Do You Share God?s View of Life?
    149Are You Walking With God?
    150HowReal is God To You?

    Jehovah ls "A Secure Height? For His People

    I don't have these outlines in my arsenal yet.

  • blondie

    My hubbie always says there may be 151 talk outlines but the brothers are only prepared to give 30 of them and you hear them over and over and over.


  • Blueblades


    Note to Speaker:Instead of eulogizing the deceased, use the material in this outline to give a fine witness concerning the truth. Good balance should be observed in this respect. Doctrinal points can be presented as beliefs of the deceased, which served as motivation for him. Purpose of the talk is to uphold Jehovah God as a God of love and mercy and at the same time bring comfort to the bereaved.Use of a song such as No. 102 ( 53 ) or 187 ( 93 ) is optional.A brief prayer at the close is fitting. When arrangement is made to go to the grave, it is well to consider quite briefly the hope through the Kingdom, reading one or two scriptures, such as Job 14:14, 15 and 1 Corinthians 15:54b - 57. This service may be closed with a prayer, thanking Jehovah for the resurrection hope, which is of great comfort. The talk need not exceed 30 minutes.

    So, this outline controls what a speaker may or may not speak about the deceased.


  • Blueblades

    For those who are interested in the Society's guidelines and or control of what to speak at the..... FUNERAL DISCOURSE

    REMARKS REGARDING THE DECEASED ( Use any that apply and are appropriate. )

    Details regarding age, birth, when married and so forth

    By whom the deceased is survived

    Dedication record, including privileges of service

    Exemplary qualities displayed by the deceased ( Eccl.7:1 )


    Worshiped Jehovah, the God of wisdom, justice,love,power

    Had faith in Jesus Christ ( Acts 4:12 )

    Appreciated God's purpose regarding earth ( Gen:1:28 )

    Sure to be realized ( Isa:11:9; 55:10, 11; Rev.21:4 )

    Why good people die

    Disobedience of Adam ( Gen.3:19; contrast with Gen:2:7 )

    Offspring inherited death ( Rom.5:12 )

    Condition of the dead

    Soul is mortal ( Ezek.18:4, 20 )

    Dead are unconscious ( Ps.146:4; Eccl.3:19; 9:5, 10 )

    The resurrection hope

    Made possible by sacrifice of Jesus Christ ( Matt. 20:28 )

    Christ's resurrection a guarantee ( 1 Cor.15:22,23 )

    God uses Jesus to raise the dead ( John 5:28, 29 )

    For the anointed, resurrection is to heavenly life ( 1 Cor.15:51 - 54; Rev.20:4, 6 )

    "Other sheep" resurrected to life in earthly Paradise ( luke.23:43; John.10:16 )

    Armageddon survivors can hope to see the deceased one again soon

    Others too are in line for resurrection ( Acts.24:15 )


    Can comfort the bereaved; loss is mutual

    Take to heart uncertainty of life ( Ps.90:12; Eccl.7:2 )

    Makes us think about how we are using our life.


    While living,make good name with Jehovah God ( Eccl.7:1 )

    Lay up treasures in heaven ( Matt.6:19, 20 )

    One way is to take zealous part in witness work, if qualified ( Matt.24:14, 28:19,20 )

    In this way and by Godly conduct, we contribute to sanctification of Jehovah's name ( Prov.27:11 )

    Resurrection hope an incentive to learn and do divine will ( 1 Cor.15:58 ) S-32 11 / 90


  • Corvin

    It is notable how much Jesus, our Lord and savior, is shunned in those talk outlines and as mentioned in one of minimus' threads, how little he is actually talked about in the WT publications.


  • Quotes

    This service may be closed with a prayer

    (enable sarcasm mode)

    oh, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!!!

    Permission to pray has been given!!!!!

    Hear that, everyone? Watchtower has OK'd prayer, in this instance.

    Tee hee!!! Prayer permission, everyone! We're permitted to hear a prayer! It's a good thing, too, 'cause if they hadn't given permission to pray, we wouldn't have prayed.... what this being a funeral and all, why on earth would people want to hear a prayer, unless permission had been given?

    And while we're on the topic, shame on those worldly religions, who go around indicriminantly prayin, all willy-nilly, not even stopping to ask whether God's Channel of Communication has given permission for those prayers. Tsk tsk. Sucks to be them!

    (sarcasm mode off)

    Add "they tell you when you can pray and when you can't pray" to the list of oppressive tactics used by this particular High Control Group.

    ~Quotes, of the "doesn't need permission to pray" class

  • Quotes

    Uzzah, I have (literally) had "Beer with [Uzzah] on my ToDo list since I missed your b-day.

    Maybe we can set something up for this coming week?

    ~Quotes, of the "Better at making lists than he is at clearing them" class

  • NameWithheld

    All I have left over is the list of talk names from the mid 1990's ...

    1How Well Do You Know God?
    2Will You Be A Survivor of the Last Days?
    3Serving With Jehovah's Unified Organization
    4Evidence of God in the World Around Us
    5Family Life That Warms the Heart
    6The Flood of Noah's Day Has Meaning for Us
    7Mercy, a Dominant Quality of True Christians
    8Living, Not for Self, but to Do God's Will
    9Never Become Dull in Your Hearing
    10Conducting Ourselves Honestly at All Times
    11"No Part of the World"-In Imitation of Christ
    12Respect for Authority Is a Safeguard for You
    13A Godly View of Sex and Marriage
    14A Clean People Honors Jehovah
    15As Christians, We Care About Other People
    16Keep Growing in Your Relationship With God
    17Glorifying God With All We Have
    18Are You Really Making Jehovah Your Stronghold?
    19Your Future - How Can It Be Known?
    20Is It Time for God to Rule the World?
    21How Do You Fit Into the Kingdom Arrangement?
    22Are You Content With Jehovah's Provisions?
    23Life Does Have a Purpose
    24What God's Rulership Can Do for Us
    25Resisting the Spirit of the World
    26Does God Count You Personally Important?
    27Getting Marriage Off to a Good Start
    28Show Respect and Love in Your Marriage
    29Responsibilities and Rewards of Parenthood
    30Communication-Within the Family and With God
    31Happy Though Hungry-How Can It Be?
    32Coping With Life's Anxieties
    33What Is Behind the Spirit of Rebellion?
    34Are You "Marked" for Survival?
    35Can You Live Forever?-Will You?
    36Is This Life All There Is?
    37Decide Now for Divine Rulership
    38Act Wisely as the End Draws Near
    39Be Confident of Divine Victory!
    40What the Near Future Holds!
    41Stand Still and See the Salvation of Jehovah"
    42How the Kingdom of God Affects You
    43Are You Doing What God Requires of You?
    44Keep Seeking God's Kingdom
    45Follow the Way to Life
    46Maintain Your Confidence Firm to the End
    47Have Faith in the Good News"
    48Meeting the Test of Christian Loyalty
    49A Cleansed Earth-Will You Live to See It?
    50Decisions You Face-How Will You Make Them?
    51Is the Truth Transforming Your Life?
    52Who Is Your God?
    53Does Your Thinking Agree With God's?
    54Build Your Faith In Man's Maker
    55What Kind of Name Are You Making With God?
    56Into the New Order Under Christ's Leadership
    57Bearing Up Under Persecution
    58How Should You Serve God?
    59You Will Reap What You Sow
    60How Purposeful Is Your Life?
    61On Whose Promises Do You Rely?
    62The Only Cure for Sick Mankind
    63Do You Have the Evangelizing Spirit?
    64Lovers of Pleasure or Lovers of God?
    65Finding Honor and Joy in God's Ministry
    66Beg the Send Out Workers"
    67Taking Time to Meditate on Spiritual Things
    68Do You Harbor Resentment or Do You Forgive?
    69Renewing the Spirit of Self-Sacrifice
    70Make Jehovah Your Confidence
    71How to Keep Spiritually Awake!
    72Love Identifies the True Christian Congregation
    73Acquiring a Heart of Wisdom
    74Jehovah's Eyes Are Upon Us
    75Do You Recognize Jehovah's Sovereignty in Your Personal Life
    76Jealousy-Proper and Improper
    77Follow the Course of Hospitality
    78Serve Jehovah With a Joyful Heart
    79Love for Jehovah or the World-Which?
    80Does Your Hope Rest on Science or the Bible?
    81Who Are Qualified as Ministers of God?
    82Jehovah and Christ-Are They Part of a Trinity?
    83Religion's Time of Judgment
    84Will You Escape This World's Destiny?
    85Good News in a Violent World
    86Prayers That Are Heared By God
    87What Is Your Relationship With God?
    88Why Live By Bible Standards?
    89Come, You Who Thirst for the Truth!
    90Reach Out for the Real Life!
    91The Messiah's Presence and His Rule
    92Religion's Role in World Affairs
    93Acts of God How Do You View Them ?
    95The Bible's View of Spiritistic Practices
    96False Religion's End Is Near
    97Remaining Blameless Amid a Crooked Generation
    101Jehovah - The Grand Creator
    102Paying Attention to the Prophetic Word
    103You Can Find Joy in Serving God
    104Parents-Are You Building With Fire-Resistant Materials?
    105Gaining Comfort in All Our Tribulations
    106Ruining the Earth Brings Divine Retribution
    107Hold a Good Conscience in a Sinful World
    108Overcoming Fear of the Future
    109The Kingdom of God Is Near
    110God Comes First in Successful Family Life
    111What Does the Healing of the Nations Accomplish?
    112How to Express Love in a Lawless World
    113How Can Youths Cope With Today's Crisis?
    114Appreciating Marvels of God's Creation
    115How to Protect Ourselves From Satan's Snares
    116Choose Your Associates Wisely!
  • VM44

    I want to get a copy of all the outlines!

    Can they be scanned into PDF format?


  • blondie

    How many remember there was not a prayer or song before or after the public talk and a 15 minute gap between the PT and WT study allowed the "public" to leave. This way the "public" did not have to participate in any religious behavior. Many congregations had their meetings on Sunday and in the afternoon or evening so that the "public" could attend church and the PT.

    If you remember this, you really an oldtimer.


  • Reslight

    [[I want to get a copy of all the outlines! Can they be scanned into PDF format? --VM44]] I also would be like to have a copy of the outlines, if they are available anywhere, or if they can be made available. Christian love, Ronald

  • minimus

    Hey, maybe I like asking questions because it's ingrained in me with all those Public Talk titles.

  • BluesBrother

    I still have the outlines that I gave up to the late 90's . truth is that ,despite the titles, most of them are the same 1} State the propblem 2} Use body of the talk for counsell and advice to congo, 3} Motivating conclusion.. You could mix and match and few would notice.

    Blondie was right. Few brothers wanted to spend time preparinfg a new one , so you only heard the ones in their repertoire. BTW When I started they were 55 minutes , not 45.

    I did enjoy the experince though. It was the best part of the elders job, and you could count the time!

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